Carpenter with one leg dreams of brighter tomorrow

July 10, 2019
Douglas Lindo, who lost one of his legs two years ago, continues to work as a furniture maker.
Douglas Lindo, who lost one of his legs two years ago, continues to work as a furniture maker.
Douglas Lindo feels that he could get more done if he had a prosthetic leg.
Douglas Lindo feels that he could get more done if he had a prosthetic leg.
Douglas Lindo, a one-legged carpenter, at his workshop in Seaview Gardens, West St Andrew.
Douglas Lindo, a one-legged carpenter, at his workshop in Seaview Gardens, West St Andrew.
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When Douglas Lindo lost one of his legs two years ago, his wife, Marcia, was his main source of support. The carpenter, who has been in the business of furniture making for 14 years is, however, facing his darkest hours.

Marcia, died on March 7, leaving him all by himself.

"All now mi deh yah a grieve. A four months now and it rough. She used to assist me. If me want things a town like screw or nails, she would help me out," he told The STAR.

Lindo makes chairs and tables from his house in Seaview Gardens, St Andrew. He sells them to stores in downtown Kingston. Lindo said that his business slowed after he lost one of his legs, and it was his wife of six years who helped him to pull through each day.

"In 2016, I went to a lumber yaad, they were doing some work and a screw drop inna the sand and it was in my shoe and I didn't know. I have diabetes so sometimes my foot numb. The Monday mi go clinic and me a treat mi foot and mi a fight it, fight it till I started to shake. In 2017, I went to Spanish Town (hospital) and they said that it is infected and it needs to come off," he said.

Despite losing his leg, Lindo's wife stayed by his side, ensuring that he could produce furniture in order to keep the family afloat. But as he struggled with his disability, she was fighting illness.

Get worse

"She went to the hospital because her heart function fell to 15 per cent. She was treated and came home but she could not do anything. I even had to help her to use the bathroom. She started to get worse in February and she was taken to the hospital again, where she spent some days and later died. The doctors said that har kidney dem mash up," he said.

Now all by himself, Lindo finds it difficult to move around and make his furniture. He said that due to his lack of mobility, he often times has to charter a taxi to go to the lumber store, which cost $6,000 round trip.

"It difficult to jump up inna the bus like young bwoy and it hard to use the crutches, so I have to charter taxi. I am here trying to cope," said Lindo, who is seeking the public's help to by a prosthetic leg.

"I was told that it cost $180,000 last year, so I don't know how much it increase by. At the time they did not have the material to make the lighter form. I would appreciate some assistance. I would like to be able to move faster, especially making the chairs and table," he said.

For him, getting a prosthetic leg could restore give him renewed hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Anyone who is interested in helping Douglas Lindo may call him at 876-806-5740.

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